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BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37, Acura TL, Lexus IS 350, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac CTS, Volvo S60, Audi A4, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#13113 of 16982 Re: "My" 2012 BMW 328i [flightnurse]
Feb 14, 2012 (12:04 pm)
To me it is not really the size of the engine, but its configuration. There are big advantages of straight six in terms of balance, smoothness, power delivery. Sure, you can make a screamer 4-cyl sewing machine producing same power as a larger I6, but the experience is not the same. Long term durability is also an open question. Europeans are already going through that now with their modern diesel engines - in quest of clean quite and high power turbo diesel, all advantages of old diesel (resiliency, low maintenance, million mile durability) are all but gone. Pour wrong fuel to your tank and you need new injectors. Put wrong oil and watch your car die... Sure, they are all nice, clean and quiet when new, but they last just about the same as gasoline engines, but still cost 30% more.
#13114 of 16982 Re: 3-series 4-cyl [dino001]
Feb 14, 2012 (12:09 pm)
Euro sales tax, called VAT is from 17 to 25%, Euro income taxes are progressive reaching 50% and beyond on top bracket, Euro social security taxes paid by employers as surcharge go into 30-50% territory
#13115 of 16982 Re: 3-series 4-cyl [qbrozen]
Feb 14, 2012 (1:01 pm)
Yes, wow. Why do you think I'm here Don't want to turn this into political fight, but every time I hear people idolizing Europe as some kind of working man heaven, I want to scream. Yes, there are some aspects of life there that may be called better than here, but overall our economy and society becoming like theirs is not a good thing in my book, period.
#13116 of 16982 Re: 3-series 4-cyl [dino001]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Feb 14, 2012 (1:11 pm)
I'd have to agree. My ex lived 20+ miles outside of central London, in a 400 sf 1-bedroom, 1-bath attached unit with exactly ZERO closets and one window. Not even a coat or small linen closet. It sold for £214,000 ten years ago - that was around $300,000 US. I know other residents who lived further out who had homes/mortgages at a similar level. Everything else is also pretty expensive - a lot of income goes to just the basics in many households.
re: Cars - a lot of positions over there come with company cars or a company-provided vehicle allowance. That may account for *some* of the higher-end cars, as the allowance has to be used for a vehicle and is use-it-or-lose-it.
#13117 of 16982 Re: 3-series 4-cyl [kirstie_h]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 14, 2012 (2:07 pm)
Don't you guys watch, "House Hunters International" on HGTV???
An apartment in Paris that is about the size of my master bath sells for $200,000.....
#13118 of 16982 Re: 3-series 4-cyl [kyfdx]
Feb 14, 2012 (2:19 pm)
Well it is a city after all. Hell, Boston is more expensive than that these days from what I'm told.
#13120 of 16982 Re: 3-series 4-cyl [kyfdx]
Feb 14, 2012 (4:12 pm)
I watch it from time to time and yes I see how us American live, compared to our European counter parts. For the price of a very small apt in Paris, I bought my 2900Sq Ft house for, and there is only two if us living in it. IN some ways its a waste of space... But I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Just like my BMW's better cars out there for less money, yes, but I wouldn't trade them for the world..
#13121 of 16982 Re: "My" 2012 BMW 328i [dino001]
Feb 14, 2012 (5:06 pm)
BMW has a whole marking campaign talking about how awd is availiable on 20-25 models - talk about history all you want this is the new BMW. Up here in the north east you'd be hard pressed finding a rwd (non m) BMW.
On the grammer - try posting from an iPhone- it stinks- plus 6 grad education
Feb 14, 2012 (7:15 pm)
So, I may be in the market for an ELLPS sooner than I expected.
Not to stray too far off-topic, but does anyone have experience with negotiating with an insurance company regarding the appraised value of a car facing a "total loss?"
I need advice...